Impacts of Giving

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Because UC Davis’ reach is so broad, the impacts of philanthropic gifts are vast and diverse. This page is just a sampling of stories that describe how private contributions from alumni and other friends, corporations, foundations and other supporters are furthering UC Davis’ land-grant mission to serve society.

Taken together, these stories weave together in a singular narrative, the one story of the difference that you can make in partnership with UC Davis.

Inspiring Stories

Driving Lasting Innovation and Change

August 25, 2014
David and Lucile Packard were philanthropists long before they started the foundation 50 years ago that bears their names. They were interested in improving the lives of children and the health of the environment.

Making Gallops in Regenerative Medicine

August 25, 2014
When one of their top quarter horses suffered a career-ending injury, Dick Randall’s veterinarian treated the horse with stem cells derived from its own fat tissue, which resulted in a complete recovery.

Legacy of Pursuing Excellence

August 25, 2014
Megan Glanville was just one semester away from graduating from the UC Davis School of Law when she was tragically hit by a truck while jogging one December morning in 2011.


August 25, 2014
Infusing beauty into all aspects of life has been an enduring quest for Mondavi, who a half-century ago brought fine arts, music and great food to Napa Valley and today continues to foster the arts at UC Davis.

Investing in the Future

August 25, 2014
Wells Fargo has been an ardent supporter of programs at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, sponsoring productions and community outreach programs.

Putting Potential to Work

August 20, 2014
Sallaberry and his wife Nancy’s had an excellent Aggie experience when they met in the 70s. Now as proud parents of a UC Davis alumnus, they are inspired to give the next generation the same experience.

A Diversity of Ideas

August 11, 2014
Chevron Corp. believes the future of successful energy development depends on diversity—of ideas, people, collaborative partnerships and energy sources. That is why they have supported UC Davis.

For Love of the Game

August 11, 2014
Lou Montfort cuts a quietly dapper figure. Beneath this gentleman’s soft-spoken exterior, however, is one of Aggie golf’s biggest fans for more than half a century.

Sharing Love, Power and Resources

August 11, 2014
Caring, optimistic, open-minded people are the folks Sandy Holman ’87 believes will change the world.

Habitat for the Humanities

August 11, 2014
As former dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Jessie Ann Owens champions UC Davis’ distinctive brand of public humanities.

Healing Body, Mind, Spirit

May 28, 2014
Robert and Star Pepper believe that true healing occurs best with adequate space to rest mind, body and spirit. This applies to everyone involved in the healing process.

Endowing Excellence

May 28, 2014
Throughout his 88 years, the late Franklin Chinn, Sr., M.D., was committed to service of others. It started in 1953 when Chinn served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Tom and Karen Quaglia

May 28, 2014
The miniature fingers of a two-months-premature baby wrap around the seemingly large thumb of UC Davis volunteer donor Jim Donoghue.

100,000th Donor

May 28, 2014
By answering the call and making a gift to the UC Davis Annual Fund, Tyler Felix '07 became the 100,000th donor to The Campaign for UC Davis.

Cultural Renewal

May 16, 2014
A cornerstone of Chairman Marshall McKay’s vision is his commitment to Native American cultural renewal—a focus he extends into education and sustainable land-use practices.